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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 12, 2011 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith's impact on the GD

The thing that is so great about him, is that he adds to all their material . Not just the jazzy/jammy stuff, but listen to those "Big RR Blues", and "JBG"s from those late 71 shows ! I think his understated sound was perfect for the group at that period ( as long as it is his playing, and not him being WAY down in the mix). The problems of integrating an acoustic piano into a loud Rock band have been mentioned . Also,keeping a piano in tune, on the road is no fun ! Sometimes I think him use of the electric piano was a practical, time saving decision, and not a musical one . Always like him on that baby grand, better that the electrics .
Because of the Beatles, and the electric guitar became the dominant instrument in Rock . But in the first generation , the piano had a much bigger place . Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard all soulful piano players . Piano has had an important place in many of the musics the Dead drew from , and it seemed Keith was able to draw from most of them himself .
Definitely a plus for the Dead's music .